Review of Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit + Countertop Upgrade!
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My husband and I bought our house a few months before getting married (5 years ago now!). Because we were just starting our life together and owned a home for the first time, we didn’t want to invest too much money right off the bat. However, our house was also entirely PINK! It had pink walls, pink trim, pink doors, and pink laminate countertops! We could paint everything except for the countertops, or so we thought. We looked into a lot of options and, while our kitchen is small, it has a ton of countertop space. That meant any change was going to be expensive. Laminate would have cost us about $1,500. Granite would have costed us $2,500.
I couldn’t pay $1,500 for new laminate in a different color when I knew I would just want granite in a few years anyway. So in our searching, we found Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit, Charcoal by Rust-Oleum.
When we discovered we could change out our pink laminate for a significantly less cost, we knew this was the route we needed to go.
Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit Application Overview
- Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit is a multi-step process. You begin by sanding your current laminate to create some texture for the paint to hold onto.
- You then have to clean the dust off entirely. This is a simple process, but took some time to get it clean enough.
- We finally started applying color by rolling a thick tar-like substance on the countertops. Ours was black, but they do have several different colors.
- Before the black paint dries, you have to take these “flakes” and literally toss them onto the countertop. The flakes are gray and black, which is what gives the countertop a granite look. We just used our hands and made sure we covered every nook and cranny.
- You then have to sand down the flakes and clean the dust once they have dried on.
- Finally, there is a clear seal you apply on top. Once it’s dry, you are all done!
While tedious, you can really get this done in a weekend so it’s not too complex of a project!
Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit Review
So an important thing to note is that I am actually completing this review 5 years after transforming my countertops. I think that’s awesome because it means you will get a review that really gives you a good idea of how long the countertop will last.
Overall, I cannot say enough good things about this Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit! It was an incredible find and I recommend it for anyone needing a change that doesn’t want to invest a lot. Anyone in a situation like we were where we had just bought our first house would be smart to save rather than splurge on new countertops!
I’m sure you all are curious how it held up! I will say it held up way better than I ever expected. I had actually expected to only get 1-2 years out of the countertops. However, here I am, 5 years later, and I have just now gotten my granite. Even then, I could have kept my painted laminate since they were still in such a good condition. However, I was itchy for an upgrade so my hubby and I finally decided to bite the bullet and get the granite I so longed for!
There were only two tiny spots on our entire 48 square foot of countertop that started to chip just a tiny bit. And it was really because we dropped a dish on those two spots in just the right way that it chipped the paint. A piece about the size of a baby’s fingernail came off, but no additional peeling ever occurred so we managed by taking a black sharpie and covering it up! No one ever noticed! In fact, one chip is actually in the photos, below. Let’s see if you can find it! I bet you won’t be able to!
In summary, if you are looking for a quick fix to get you through a few years, this Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit is the way to go! It’s not going to last like granite, but it will still last pretty dang long! Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll be happy to answer them!
Our Granite Countertop Upgrade
So we finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to granite, which would be much nicer and also add some value to our home. We may put our house on the market in the next few years and I didn’t think the painted countertops would be a good thing to have for that so we decided to change it up now. That way, we could enjoy them before we sold our home. I was also ready for a lighter color!
When we first bought our home, we ended up with quite a bit of dark decor. Over time, I have slowly begun lightening it up a little bit so I knew I wanted a lighter granite. I also really wanted a solid slab, but we needed a large piece. After quite a bit of shopping around, we ended up deciding on Stone Source. They came recommended by several people and their work looked like it was of a high-quality.
Stone Source was also flexible on their pricing. We let them know what our budget was and they had several options within the budget. However, the color I wanted wasn’t. They then informed me about their remnant sale that was coming up. Basically, they purchase the last of a color at a discounted rate and then can pass on that discount to the customer. I went back when the remnants arrived and found the perfect slab! A few weeks later, we had new countertops in place! The process was so easy with Stone Source. I highly recommend them! I’m loving my new countertops! Check them out below as my hubby and I plan our next home project!
Before Photos with Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation:
Granite Countertop Prep Stage
Stone Source had a really neat process for preparing the slab for install. They actually came to our home to obtain photographs on a special camera of where the countertops would go. They then uploaded that photo into their software and a machine then proceeds to cut the granite slab. Most slabs are cut manually so you can get some imperfections and measurements that may be slightly off. Since our slab was cut by a machine, the measurements should come out perfect. For example, our overhang is the exact same width the entire length of the overhang. A manual cut may be off by a few millimeters.
Granite countertop Installation
The team arrived on time for installation and had it in place in about an hour. It was an incredibly fast process and they removed everything from the old countertops! Once they left, there was no way to tell a crew had done so much while they were there!
We loved the outcome of the countertops and we even added an overhang for a breakfast bar! Now we are talking about painting our cabinets as well for a completely new kitchen look!